Occupy Santa Rosa Gets Green Light

They have the right to stay through at least Tuesday.

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    Hand-made signs protesting and supporting a variety of issues sit on the ground at Occupy locations across the country.

    Santa Rosa police will not arrest "Occupy Santa Rosa" participants  if they camp out at the City Hall complex, according to a decision by city officials.

    A crowd of about 1,000 cheered when Julie Combs, a member of the  community advisory board, announced that City Manager Kathy Millison said she  ordered Santa Rosa police to stand down and allow camping until Tuesday.

    The community advisory board serves as a bridge between the  community and public safety agencies.

    Word of Millison's order reached Combs by email at 1:45 p.m., and  Combs made the announcement to the crowd at about 2 p.m.

    The City Council will revisit the issue of continued camping on  Tuesday.

    The camping at the complex on Santa Rosa Avenue and First Street  will be allowed if there is no violence, alcohol, drugs or public urination.

    Earlier this week, some members of "Occupy Santa Rosa" said they  were willing to be arrested and intended to set up camp at the City Hall  complex.

    Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm said police officers would  present the campers with options and that the police response would depend on  the campers' reactions to those options.

    The crowd began to march on downtown streets at about 2:30 p.m.,  chanting, "Whose streets? Our streets!"
       
     

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